Thanks to microchipping thousands of animals have been safely reunited with their families. Gone are the days when a simple name tag is enough. Name tags can fall off, become illegible or sometimes owners may even forget to put collars back on after a pet’s bath. Even the most responsible of owners sometimes let things fall through the cracks. Microchipping has created a whole new way to give owners peace of mind.
Let me give you the lowdown on the microchip:
What is it? A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. It is implanted in your pet under the skin between the shoulder blades.
How big is it? A microchip is the size of a grain of rice.
How does it work? Every microchip has a unique number and it is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner. If owners move or transfer ownership they need to change their information immediately to keep the database current.
Is it painful? Microchipping is a super quick procedure and only causes momentary discomfort. The pain of losing your animal would be far worse!
Let me tell you what the microchip is NOT: It is not a LoJack for pets! This is a misconception that a lot of people have. If your pet gets out, a microchip cannot track your pet. If someone finds your pet and brings them to the shelter or a vet they will scan your pet and your information will come up and they can get ahold of you (thanks to that rice-like little chip) to let you know where your pet is.
Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52%. Less than 2% of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38%.
The Benefits are endless especially when you have your loved one safely at home with the family.
~ Debbie P.